Eniko Kubinyi

I study the behavioural and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship since 1994 in Hungary. My research interests focus on the comparative analysis of dogs’ and wolves’ cognition, ethorobotics, personality, and behavioural genetics. My current group explores the cognitive ageing of family dogs in a complex way, using an interdisciplinary approach with behavioural, neuroscientific and genetic testing methods. The results are expected to provide guidelines for a healthy lifestyle toward successful ageing, and to aid our understanding of the biological background human cognitive ageing. We have also established a Dog Brain and Tissue bank.

Brief cv

Enikő Kubinyi is a senior research fellow at the  Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. Kubinyi holds a degree in Biology, and MSc in Video communication, Biology teaching, and a PhD in Ethology from the Eötvös Loránd University.
Kubinyi joined the Family Dog Research Project (Budapest, Hungary), the first and largest research group to study the behavioural and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship in 1994. She also participated in research projects at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris, at the University of Sussex, England, at the MTA-ELTE Statistical and Biological Physics Research Group, and the MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group. Her research interests focus on the comparative analysis of dogs’ and wolves’ cognition, ethorobotics, personality, and behavioural genetics.

Kubinyi has received several grants (e.g. Eötvös Scholarship of the Hungarian Scholarship Board, Hungarian Scientific Research Fund) and awards (Junior Prima, APA Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award are the most renowned among them). She is the principal investigator of an ERC Starting Grant (680040). Her research group studies cognitive ageing in family dogs. She is a fellow of the Young Academy of Sciences since 2017.
Kubinyi lectures in ethology and the evolution of canines, behaviour plasticity and human ethology. She has two science blogs for the general public in Hungarian about the behaviour of canines and other animals, and is a regular guest in the media. She is married and has three children.
Keywords: animal behaviour, ethology, cognition, cognitive ageing, behaviour genetics, tissue bank, welfare, dog, wolf

List of publications

Researcher unique identifier(s): ResearcherID, Google Scholar, Scopus
Date of birth: 01. Aug. 1976
Career breaks: 3 children born 2004 (twins) and 2011
Nationality: Hungarian
E-mail: eniko.kubinyi@ttk.elte.hu

Google Scholar citations: >2500, h-index: 25
Cumulative impact factor: 99,6

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-4468-9845

MTMT: 10003532
Invited presentations to international conferences: Comparative Canine Behavior Symposium, Animal Behavior Society Conference, University of Missouri, July 30-August 3, 2016; Behind the curtain of canine and feline dementia, Kosice, Slovakia, 6 Oct. 2015; Canine Behaviour Genetics, London, UK, 26-28. June 2015; XXXI. International Ethological Conference, Rennes, 19-24. August 2009; 3rd European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Dijon, France, 18-20. July 2008
Main awards: Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association for best comparative psychology paper in 2003, Junior Prima in Hungarian Science in 2009, Bolyai Certificate of Merit in 2016.


2017- Fellow of the Young Academy of Sciences
2016- Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Senior Research Fellow
2015- Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Senior Lecturer, faculty position
2012- Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Senior Research Fellow, MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group, Hungary
2013 MTA-ELTE Statistical and Biological Physics Research Group, Hungary
2008-2012 LIREC (Living with Robots and Interactive Companions, EU FP7) Research Fellow, Department of Ethology, Eötvös University, Hungary
2005-2008 Hungarian Research Fund Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ethology, Eötvös University, Hungary
2004-2005 Ministry of Education Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ethology, Eötvös University, Hungary
1999-2003 PhD in Ethology: Interspecific social learning in dogs (2004), Eötvös University, Hungary. (Supervisor: Vilmos Csányi)
2003 Research Assistant, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
2003 MSc in Biology Teaching, Eötvös University, Hungary

2002 MSc in Video communication, Eötvös University, Hungary

2001 Internship as a PhD student, Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris, France
1999 University degree in Biology, Eötvös University, Hungary

1994 ELTE Radnóti Miklós Secondary School


2016-19 Bolyai János Scholarship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2016 Bolyai Certificate of Merit
2016 “Zsuzsanna Juhari” Cerificate of Merit for the kutyakutatas.blogspot.hu blog by the Science Journalists’ Club (link)
2015 Outstanding Researcher of the Eötvös Loránd University
2015 Travel Award, The Hungary Initiative Foundation Travel Award – ABS 2015 Conference, Anchorage
2010-11/13-15 Bolyai János Scholarship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2009 Junior Prima Award for Science
2006 SALVE Foundation Scholarship, Hungary
2004 Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award (best first-authored paper in Journal of Comparative Psychology in 2003)
2002 1st prize at Hungarian PhD Students Conference, Szent István University, Hungary
2001 MÖB Eötvös Scholarship, Hungary
2000 Travel Award, Volkswagen Foundation Scholarship – Würzburg Summer School, Germany
2000 Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Scholarship, Hungary
1998-2000 Hungarian Republic Scholarship
1998 Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Scholarship

Research degree supervision: I have supervised one PhD student who has received her degree: Borbála Turcsán, 01/2015, Eötvös University, Hungary, She was awarded by the highest possible mark and is now a postdoc researcher at the Messerli Research Institute, Vienna.
Currently I supervise two PhD students at the Eötvös University, Hungary: Flóra Szánthó and Ivaylo Iotchev. I have graduated 13 BSc and MSc students (Újváry Dóra 2004; Bianca Jansen 50% 2006; Erica Ras, 2007; Mayer Andrea, 2008; Dán Orsolya 2008; Turcsán Borbála 2009; Brúder Ildikó 2010; Halmágyi Erika 2010; Szánthó Flóra 2012, 2014; Sofie Lillebo 50% 2013; Juan José Ablanedo 2014; Rianne van Hoof 2014; Elodie Gilmert 2015) and internship students, guest researchers (Laura Gillet, 2017; Andrea Piseddu, 2017; Louis Le Nézet, 2017, Daniel Tejeda, 2017, Pauline Marty, 2017).
Graduate Examination: I have served as an Opponent for five PhD theses. I was the member or secretary of PhD Committee for eight PhD theses since 2008.
Teaching activities: The Personality of Animals, Behaviour Genetics, Ethology Practicum, and Evolution of Canines course at the Eötvös University, Hungary for Biology BSc and MSc students and PhD students. I have also given lectures in the Behavioural Plasticity, Human-Animal Interaction and Cognitive Ethology courses. I was invited to give a talk on dogs, wolves and on my research by several schools and organizations.

2013 – annual seminars of the Family Dog Project, main organizer, Hungarian event: >300 participants +>1000 online; English event: >40 000 online
2008 – 2013 Dog Behaviour Therapy Symposium for veterinarians, head, 30 participants/event, 2 times/year, Hungary
2008 Canine Science Forum, organiser, 400 international participants, Hungary

Journal reviewer: Animal Cognition, Biology Letters, Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews, Interaction Studies, Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, BMC Genetics, Behavioral and Brain Functions, Journal of Animal Science
Grant Reviewer: Hungarian Research Fund, ERC
Media Experience: My research was covered in the national and international media (e.g. The Times, Reuters, International Science Time, Science Daily, New Scientist, Daily Mail, ScienceShot, Discovery News , Science 2.0 , The Australian). I have two science blogs (in Hungarian): about dogs science (http://kutyakutatas.blogspot.hu/) and about animal behaviour (http://etologiablog.blogspot.hu/). I am a weekly columnist of the Hungarian Life and Science magazine (http://www.eletestudomany.hu/).
External Collaborations: I have collaborators (recent/planned publications and shared grants) in Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris; University of Texas, USA; Columbia University, USA, University of Oxford, UK; University of Vienna, Austria; Catholic University College Ghent, Belgium; Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway; University of Helsinki, Finland; Max Planck Institute, Germany

2016-2021. European Research Council Starting Grant (EVOLOR 680040), 1,202,500 Euro
2015-2017. Comparative investigation of the social-cognitive mechanisms in dogs and humans. Hungarian Research Fund (K112138), postdoc researcher, 25,590,000 HUF
2011-2016. Genetic effects on the behaviour of the domestic dog, Hungarian Research Fund (K84036), PI, 11,846,000 HUF
2008-2013. Living with robots and interactive companions, EU FP7 (215554) postdoc, 8,200,000 Euro
2005-2009. Conspecific and heterospecific social learning in dogs, Hungarian Research Fund (K49615), postdoc, 8,190,000 HUF
2005-2008. Personality-gene associations in dogs; Hungarian Research Fund (PD48495), PI, 16,765,000 HUF                      
2003-2006. Dog as a model of human personality; Hungarian Research Fund (43763), postdoc, 6,016,000 HUF